READ : Psalm 96
Sing to the Lord a new song. (v. 1)
I have a problem. I love to sing. But I have a terrible singing voice. My voice is a testimony to the fallenness of creation. Some people are blessed with voices that inspire grace and beauty. Mine inspires the world to “run away!” This is a problem because God’s people sing! Psalm 96 witnesses to the place singing has in the Christian life: “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.”
Worship is one of the contexts in which this singing happens. In worship something extraordinary takes place, something that doesn’t happen in other places. As we participate in the rhythm of revelation and response, minds are cleared, perceptions come into focus and spirits are renewed. As this happens, ordinary speech, impatient with pedestrian prose, begins to dance—it condenses into rhythmic poetry that is put to a tune. In worship we sing words that just don’t sound right spoken. Singing is speech intensified. Song takes the natural rhythms of speech and develops its accents and intonations into music.
The good news if you sit next to me in church is that we are not called to sing solos. Rather, in worship we offer our songs in a chorus of witnesses.
In the great chorus of the church may we find our redeemed voice to sing a new song to the Lord.